File:12-07-13-washington-by-RalfR-03.jpg|thumb|The HHS headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The '''United States Department of Health and Human Services''' ('''HHS'''), also known as the '''Health Department''', is a Cabinet of the United States|cabinet-level
department of the United States|U.S. Federal government of the United States|federal government
with the goal of protecting the health
of all Americans and providing essential human services. Its motto
is "Improving the health, safety, and well-being of America".
Before the separate federal United States Department of Education|Department of Education
was created in 1979, it was called the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW).